Since the start of its financial year last April, PPM has completed 598 MW of new wind projects: the 100 MW Trimont project in Minnesota, the 150 MW Elk River project in Kansas, the 150 MW Shiloh project in California and the first 198 MW of the Maple Ridge project in New York, a joint project with Horizon Wind Energy.
To supply its future projects, PPM has inked turbine agreements with Vestas, Mitsubishi, Siemens and General Electric--all for 2006 and 2007 delivery. The company declines to be specific about the volume of capacity ordered from each company. "By securing sufficient turbine supplies, PPM can maintain a leadership position in the US wind power industry," says the company's Terry Hudgens.
PPM, a subsidiary of Glasgow-based ScottishPower, is based in Portland, Oregon, and has more than 1700 MW of wind energy in operation or under construction. Wind power accounts for about 1.5% of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest, as compared with less than 1% nationwide.